Vikes perfect on Day 1of Canada West 7s Series Tournament No. 2

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ABBOTSFORD, B.C. – The University of Victoria Vikes women’s rugby team pushed their record to a perfect nine-for-nine on the season, with three more victories during opening-day action at the second stop of the Canada West Women’s Rugby 7s Series, hosted by the University of the Fraser Valley.

UVic and the Lethbridge Pronghorns once again find themselves on a collision course for first-place in the series overall standings after the team from Alberta matched the Vikes by going 3-0 on Saturday, Feb. 10.

The Vikes and Pronghorns met in the title game at the first sevens series event in Edmonton last month, with Victoria prevailing 35-7.
On Saturday in Abbotsford, both teams won their first three matches. They’re scheduled to play the final game of the round-robin tourney (1:10 p.m. PT), and the way it’s going, that one could once again be for all the marbles.

The Vikes ran their record to 9-0 in 2018 series play by defeating the Alberta Pandas (29-12), Thompson Rivers WolfPack (67-0) and Calgary Dinos (17-15), with Paige Farries and McKenzie Puschnotching four tries apiece. The Pronghorns, meanwhile, racked up wins over the UBC Thunderbirds (15-7), UFV Cascades (24-7) and TRU WolfPack (57-0), with Carolyn McKee leading the way with six tries.

In other action, the host UFV Cascades picked up their first-ever win in the series, defeating the Thompson Rivers WolfPack 27-15 in the opening match of the day behind a pair of tries and a convert from Mackenzie Fowler. Saturday marked the WolfPack’s debut, as they became the seventh Canada West member to compete in the sport.

The tournament concludes on Sunday, with games getting underway at 9 a.m. PT. The first Vikes action of the second day will come at 9:50 a.m. against the UBC Thunderbirds, they will then battle the host Cascades at 11:30 a.m., before ending their tournament against the aforementioned Pronghorns.

Saturday results
ROUND 1

Game 2: Victoria Vikes 29, Alberta Pandas 12
Scoring summary:
VIC: 19-10: 29
ALB: 7-5: 12
• VIC try – #5 Emily Belchos (#9 Kara Galbraith convert) – 7-0
• VIC try – #4 Paige Farries (convert missed) – 12-0
• ALB try – #25 Alanna Fittes (#5 Courtney Holtkamp convert) – 12-7
• VIC try – #4 Paige Farries (#9 Kara Galbraith convert) – 19-7
Half
• VIC try – #8 Gabby Senft (convert missed) – 24-7
• VIC try – #4 Paige Farries (convert missed) – 29-7
• ALB try – #12 Aly Andersen (convert missed) – 29-12

Game 6: Victoria Vikes 67, TRU WolfPack 0
Scoring summary:
VIC: 29-38: 67
TRU: 0-0: 0
• VIC try – #7 Jennifer Appleby (convert missed) – 5-0
• VIC try – #14 Sasha Guedes (#10 Jess Neilson convert) – 12-0
• VIC try – #15 McKenzie Pusch (convert missed) – 17-0
• VIC try – #11 Julia Folk (convert missed) – 22-0
• VIC try – #13 Renee Gonzales (#10 Jess Neilson convert) – 29-0
Half
• VIC try – #7 Jennifer Appleby (#10 Jess Neilson convert) – 36-0
• VIC try – #15 McKenzie Pusch (#10 Jess Neilson convert) – 43-0
• VIC try – #15 McKenzie Pusch (#10 Jess Neilson convert) – 50-0
• VIC try – #15 McKenzie Pusch (convert missed) – 55-0
• VIC try – #9 Kara Galbraith (#9 Kara Galbraith convert) – 62-0
• VIC try – #6 Madeleine Graham (convert missed) – 67-0

Game 9: Victoria Vikes 17, Calgary Dinos 15
Scoring summary:
VIC: 12-5: 17
CGY: 10-5: 15
• VIC try – #2 Gurpreet Dhaliwal (convert missed) – 5-0
• CGY try – #9 Taejah Thompson (convert missed) – 5-5
• VIC try – #4 Paige Farries (#8 Gabby Senft convert) – 12-5
• CGY try – #12 Kelcey Leavitt (convert missed) – 12-10
Half
• VIC try – #2 Gurpreet Dhaliwal (convert missed) – 17-10
• CGY try – #12 Kelcey Leavitt (convert missed) – 17-15

Tournament standings – Day 1
TEAM     WINS      LOSSES  TIES         POINTS
VIC           3               0               0               12
LET           3               0               0               12
CGY         2               1               0               9
ALB          2               2               0               10
UBC         1               2               0               6
UFV         1               3               0               7
TRU         0               4               0               4
NOTE: Teams are awarded four points for a win, two points for a draw, and one point for a loss.

Sunday schedule
9 a.m. – Lethbridge vs. Calgary
9:25 a.m. – Alberta vs. TRU
9:50 a.m. – Victoria vs. UBC
10:40 a.m. – Lethbridge vs. Alberta
11:05 a.m. – Calgary vs. UBC
11:30 a.m. – Victoria vs. UFV
12:20 p.m. – TRU vs. Calgary
12:45 p.m. – UBC vs. UFV
1:10 p.m. – Victoria vs. Lethbridge

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